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Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has announced the appointment of Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor as Assistant Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, where she will teach courses related to the sociology and anthropology of American Jews and advise students in the School of Jewish Communal Service on their theses and projects. In addition, she will teach courses on Jewish language, culture, and society, for HUC-JIR's Jerome H. Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, Los Angeles, which provides undergraduate courses in Judaic Studies for the University of Southern California. 

Dr. Benor received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford University, where she wrote her dissertation on "Second Style Acquisition: The Linguistic Socialization of Newly Orthodox Jews." The dissertation was an ethnographic and sociolinguistic study of the integration of ba'alei teshuva into Orthodox communities, focusing on language socialization and language ideologies. She earned a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa in Comparative Literature and Linguistics from Columbia College of Columbia University in New York City. 

Dr. Benor’s research interests have and continue to focus on Jewish languages, sociolinguistic variation, language socialization, linguistic construction of identity, language contact, ethnography, Orthodox Jews and Jewish culture. She has published several academic papers, co--edited the book Gendered Practices in Language (CSLI Press 2002) and has been the recipient of numerous grants and honors including the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and dissertation scholarships from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Fluent in Yiddish and Modern Hebrew, amongst other languages, Dr. Benor is the founder, producer and editor of, a website devoted to academic research on Jewish languages. She has also taught linguistics courses at Stanford University and has taught Yiddish language in New York, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Dr. Benor is a member of the Association for Jewish Studies, The Linguistic Society of America, the American Anthropological Association and the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. 

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.